{karnataka, india} dharmasthala’s kitchen

January 25, 2017


A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of visiting the state of Karnataka, India for a class on Microfinance and Women’s Empowerment. Although I don’t have space here to get into the specifics of all that we did there, I will talk about one very special hour in one of the days, where we visited the Dharmasthala Temple in the Dakshina Kannada district.

So much more than just a religious institution, the temple, among its hundreds of other social, civil, and development programs in the region, feeds more than 30,000 people free of charge in its Annapoorna dining hall daily, employing 240 full-time staff just to keep this operation running. Every 12 minutes, a new shift of patrons is cycled through. We were able to take a quick tour of the premises, and I think in many ways, the photos speak for themselves!


Cooked rice being scooped into giant tubs for transport and serving


From the stairs looking down at the tons of cabbage needed!


A quick view of the dining hall itself – every 12 minutes, a new shift of patrons if cycled through; this is the only way they can serve the almost unbelievable tens of thousands of people every day!

This was a truly remarkable experience and to top it off, we also got to try the food – whoever said mass-produced can’t be good was wrong because it was delicious!



One Response to “{karnataka, india} dharmasthala’s kitchen”

  1. annalice said

    what kind of food was it?

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